I clearly remember the day in August, 2008. I tell a gathering of entrepreneurs in Mumbai, that I am going to start a venture which will tell stories of entrepreneurs who are not superstars yet but have the spark, drive and hope. A few entrepreneurs say, ‘DO IT’. Most of the experts present say, ‘IT WON’T WORK’.
You will not survive more than six months. It’s a social hobby and nothing more. How can stories of unknown entrepreneurs make commercial sense?
I had to make a choice. I listened to my heart and started YourStory on 16th September 2008 (the site went live).
Today, as we enter the month of August in 2015 and YourStory completes seven years of relentless, obsessive and passionate pursuit of telling stories, we are starting a whole new exciting chapter that includes support from some very well-known and well-respected partners.
I believe that everyday of the last seven years we have done what we set out to do - to tell your stories. The only thing that we had on our side was an abundance of passion and self-belief. And through it all, the one and only thing that carried us forward was our love of entrepreneurs and their deep affection for us. We thrived on it all - the love, the energy, the bashing and critiquing too.
To everyone who is struggling, succeeding, dreaming and failing, let me share a few things that I learned along the way and hopefully, you will derive your own meanings from here.
I am fortunate and grateful that I found them. It is with the greatest joy that I share the news that Ratan Tata, Vani Kola (Kalaari Capital), Karthee Madasamy (Qualcomm Ventures) and T V Mohandas Pai have invested in YourStory.
The dream of making every story matter is phenomenal and we need people who can support this dream and believe in it whole-heartedly. I can’t list everyone who has impacted YourStory and me but I would like to thank everyone who has so generously helped, supported and stood by, especially my brilliant team. And to every single entrepreneur who has made us part ofhis/herjourney, I say thank you and more power to you!
Here’s another exciting announcement: The DNA of YourStory is that every story matters. And that’s why we are soon launching India's first tech product that empowers everyone to write, talk and view their own stories in their own languages using a mobile phone. It is time to reclaim the most precious of gifts that we laid aside a long time ago -it is time to tell our stories in our own language and create millions of original stories. I request you to join us as we attempt to create millions of original stories so that in every home, a story lives with eternal hope, passion and inner fire.
Thank you for giving YourStory a chance to live, to be with you, to be a part of you. It’s found a life and blossomed because of the love you have given unconditionally.
And wait, our story has just begun. Cheers to you and to me and to us creating our stories!